Ask your doctor or pharmacist to teach you how to use the nicotine inhaler effectively and to give you tips on quitting smoking. As you inhale or puff through the mouthpiece, the inhaler releases a vapour containing nicotine, which is absorbed through the lining of your mouth and throat. One cartridge contains enough nicotine for about 20 minutes of continuous puffing.
Dispose of used cartridges in a place where children or pets cannot get to them. Store the cartridges at room temperature and protect them from light and humidity.
The dosage is individualized and depends on how much nicotine is needed to relieve nicotine withdrawal symptoms. For the first 3 to 12 weeks of treatment, a higher dose (6 to 12 cartridges per day) is used, and then the dose is gradually reduced over the next 6 to 12 weeks. Once a dose of 1 to 2 cartridges per day is reached, the medication can be stopped. The maximum dose is 12 cartridges per day.
You must stop smoking completely as you begin using the medication. If you are unable to stop smoking by the fourth week of treatment, your doctor will probably advise you to stop using the medication. The medication should not be used at the same time as nicotine gum, patches, or any form of tobacco.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is very important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose of this medication, take your next scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.